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Pirngruber, Reinhard: Land and Power in a Northian Perspective: State Building and its Reflection in Private Archives from 1st millennium BC Babylonia. Version 01

Abstract: The paper tackles the question of the interrelationship between land, office-holding and wider state power from the perspective of archival cuneiform documents from first millennium BC Babylonia. Adopting a framework grounded in recent work on the nature of early states in particular by Douglass North, it aims to trace developments in social configurations and their impacts on state power from the apogee of the Neo-Babylonian Empire in the mid 6th century BC to the later period of Achaemenid Persian rule.
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